The Good Luck Colt
Genevieve Torrey Eames, il. Paul Brown
1953, Julian Messner, Inc.
Martin wasn't listening. He lifted the colt's head against his chest and rubbed its neck and sides. "Come on, little fellow," he whispered. "You're going to grow up and be a big horse someday - a trotter."
Martin Dennis loves trotting horses. His father breeds and trains Standardbreds, dreaming of one day reaching the harness world's biggest race, the Hambletonian, and Martin dreams right along with him. But while his father's hopes are pinned on the promising black colt Master Peter, Martin believes in his little orphan foal Good Luck. Since no one knows if his dam was registered, Good Luck's prospects for a trotting career are dim, but Martin is determined to make his colt a harness horse. He has some trouble -
It was not until he unsnapped the rope and picked up the lines that he ran into trouble. No matter how he tried he could not get Good Luck to walk away from him. Every time he stepped behind him and picked up the lines the colt turned and came toward him, nuzzling his hands and pockets for carrots or oats.
- but for the most part, Good Luck learns easily and Martin has high hopes of tracking down his dam's papers through a slippery horseman named Gus Brown. When tragedy strikes, Martin feels pressured to re-ignite his father's enthusiasm for horses, and suggests a trip to nearby
A well-written, enjoyable old horse book with a vivid portrait of harness racing and beautiful Paul Brown illustrations. Martin's little brother
Voline - Standardbred mare
Lady Luck - Standardbred mare
Good Luck - bay Standardbred colt with white stripe (Lady Luck x Good Cheer)
Master Peter - black Standardbred colt (Voline x Master Mind)
Peter Volo - Standardbred stallion
Master Mind - Standardbred stallion
Florita - chestnut Standardbred filly
Iron Prince - brown Standardbred colt
Crystal Hanover - Standardbred filly in Hambletonian
Sharp Note - Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Duke of Lullwater - Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Hit Song - Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Scotch Victor - Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Peter Nibble - Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Epicure- Standardbred colt in Hambletonian
Tassle - Dalmation mascot
Photo of the winning heat
There was a short documentary film on Bion Shively's victory,Old Man In A Hurry.
Martin, arguing for the right to race his colt, uses Alma Sheppard as an example of a child who raced harness horses. In 1937, she drove Dean Hanover to a record .
Other books by the author
Pat Rides The Trail 1946 il. Dan Noonan
A Horse To Remember 1947 il. Paul Brown
Ghost Town Cowboy 1951 il. Paul Brown
Flying Roundup 1957 il. Lorence F. Bjorklund
Handy Of The Triple S 1949 il. Paul Brown